Science Government Relations Office
Key Policy Areas
APA advocacy efforts related to the process of peer review, ensuring that only those research proposals with the highest scientific merit receive funding from federal agencies.
Federal Research Spending
APA advocacy efforts related to funding for federal agencies that support behavioral and psychological research — educating policymakers about its role in innovation and advances in public health.
APA advocacy efforts related to psychological research of the prevention, etiology and treatment of substance use disorders.
Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
APA advocacy efforts related to service members, veterans and their families — access to mental and behavioral health care, PTSD, substance use and abuse, brain injuries and psychosocial rehabilitation.
National Institutes of Health
APA advocacy efforts related to NIH, the largest federal funder of psychological research — promoting research projects, influencing policy, and increasing federal funding for behavioral research.
News & Events
Stand for Science
Why you must stand up for psychological science.
APA Federal Budget Blog
Keep up with the fast-changing news on the federal research budget.
APA comments on key NIH institute strategic plans
Calls for more behavioral and social research.
21st century cures: A big bill with a big purpose
APA points out areas of concern.
APA challenges FDA on purported 'loss of pleasure' associated with quitting tobacco
Encourages further analysis.
Congressional hearing focuses on NIH budget and supporting investigators
House Labor-HHS Appropriators question NIH director and other NIH leaders.
On behalf of Friends of NIDA, APA urges lawmakers to join ATR Caucus
Congressional Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery raises awareness of important health and policy issues.
- APA sent letters defending NIH primate researcher Stephen Suomi to five members of Congress: U.S. Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., Sam Farr, D-Calif., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. (PDF, 210KB)